County to revise RV, mobile home regs

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Current ordinance requires inspection even if it’s traveling through to Franklin County

Staff Writer

Wakulla Commissioners want to get rid of antiquated language in the Land Development Code that holds RVs to the same standards as mobile and modular homes.
They made the decision to move forward with the changes at a meeting two weeks ago, after the Planning Commission recommended the change.
The amended ordinance would remove the requirement for recreational vehicles to meet the same standards as mobile homes and modular homes.  
Planning and Community Development Director Somer Pell said RVs are regulated by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and are not currently allowed in zoning districts that allow for mobile homes.
Pell said the ordinance currently requires that any RV or mobile home that is moved through the county – even if it’s just traveling through from Leon to Franklin County – has to be inspected by the local building department before it can cross the county line.
“This gets rid of that antiquated language,” Pell said. “Other than that, there are no changes to this ordinance.”
At the Planning Commission meeting in mid-May, Planning Commissioner Mike Falk asked Pell if someone tries to set up an RV in one of the live-by-day places, would it be regulated?
Pell said the RV placement is regulated, just not under the same county code as mobile homes.
Planning Commissioner Dale Rushton asked how that affects enclaves.
Pell said enclaves will fall under the Temporary Use and Family Enclave Provisions, but enclaves are not intended to be permanent.
Planning Commissioner Frank Messersmith said he’s noticed a lot of people setting up campers on the different canals, leaving them there and coming to spend the weekend in them.
“That is not permitted under county zoning,” Pell said, “so those are zoning violations.”
Falk added that people are buying lots, putting RVs on them, hooking up power and water to the RVs and staying in them.
Pell said those are also violations to the zoning ordinance, and can be reported to code enforcement.
“Code enforcement is reactive, and not proactive, so we don’t go out looking for those violations, but if the complaint is filed, we will investigate that, and give a notice of violation,” Pell said.
“That’s the last thing we want is 47 lots on a canal or river, with 47 RVs,” Falk said.
The BOCC will have to hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the ordinance before taking a final vote on the matter.